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Welcome to the CBC Newscast Lesson!
The CBC EAL Newscast is a listening lesson for students who are learning English. The lessons are for students who are at Canadian Language Benchmarks 3 and 4 (high beginner / low intermediate). Each newscast has a lesson file and an audio file.


The Lesson File
You will need to print the lesson file first. Here’s what you will find in each lesson.
1. A vocabulary match exercise for each story

Learning new vocabulary before you listen makes it easier for you to understand the story.


2. Questions on the main ideas or details of each story

Can you listen to a news story and understand the main ideas? Are you hearing the most important details? Answer the questions and find out!


3. A transcript for the newscast

If you are having difficulty understanding the story when you listen, you can use the transcript to help you.
4. Answers to the questions in the lesson
The answers are at end of the lesson on page 5.
5. An internet link or other resource suggestion
Some stories will have an internet link or suggest another resource you can use to find more information.
(Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external websites)

The Audio File

Click on this file to hear three real world news stories read by a CBC news reader. The first is a Manitoba story. The second is a Canadian story. The third is an international story. All of the stories are in the same audio file

There are new stories and lessons every Thursday.
Now you are ready to begin. Read on!

Story 1: Group holds contest to find Winnipeg’s worst living conditions

Step 1: Learn new vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary before you listen makes it easier for you to understand the story. Can you match these vocabulary words with their meaning? The first one is completed for you as an example.

Vocabulary Word




Meaning

  1. _c a contest

a)

to cover windows, doors or an entire building with wood

  1. __ an advocacy group

b)

a system of wiring, switches etc. that provides electricity for a home or business

  1. __ the worst conditions

c)

a competition where the winner gets a prize

  1. __ social assistance

d)

the state of housing, e.g. Is it in good repair? Is the electrical system safe?


  1. __ assisted living housing

e)

financial assistance from government that helps people meet their basic needs

  1. __ appliances

f)

to increase people’s knowledge/understanding

  1. __ an electrical system

g)

a group that raises public awareness on issues and tries to bring about change

  1. __ to board up

h)

something someone gets if they win a contest

  1. __ a prize

i)

opposite of the best conditions

  1. __ housing conditions

j)

special housing to meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities

  1. __ to raise awareness

k)

e.g. fridges, stoves, washers, dryers

Step 2: Listen to the first story in the audio file. Focus on listening for the main ideas and key information. Listen as many times as you need to.

Step 3: Answer questions about the story. Which of the following statements about the story are true? Which are false? Underline or circle the correct answer. The first one is completed for you as an example.


1.

An advocacy group in Winnipeg is holding a contest to find the city’s best housing conditions.

True

False

2.

Anyone in Winnipeg can send in photographs of their living conditions and enter the contest.

True

False

3.

Examples of poor housing conditions are appliances that don’t work and unsafe electrical systems.

True

False

4.

The people with the worst housing conditions will be selected as the contest winners.

True

False

5.

There will be three winners. Each will receive one hundred dollars.

True

False

To find out more: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/06/07/mb-worst-living-conditions-contest-winnipeg.html

Story 2: Royal Bank increases mortgage rates

Step 1: Learn new vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary before you listen makes it easier for you to understand the story. Can you match these vocabulary words with their meaning? The first one is completed for you as an example.


Vocabulary Word




Meaning

  1. _f the Royal Bank

a)

a mortgage where the interest paid doesn’t change, e.g. four percent over five years

  1. __ to increase a rate

b)

to be likely to do something

  1. __ a mortgage rate

c)

to raise an amount or rate so it is more than it was before

  1. __ a fixed-rate mortgage

d)

to choose something

  1. __ per month

e)

the additional costs you have when you borrow money, e.g. the interest you pay

  1. __ to be common

f)

the name of Canada’s largest bank

  1. __ to select something

g)

every month
  1. __ borrowing costs


h)

to happen often to many people in many places

  1. __ to be expected to do something

i)

the percentage of interest that is charged on a mortgage


Step 2: Listen to the first story in the audio file. Focus on listening for the main ideas and key information. Listen as many times as you need to.

Step 3: Answer questions about the story. Does option a) or option b) make the sentence correct? Underline or circle your answer. The first one is completed for you as an example.

1.

The Royal Bank has _______.

a) increased its five year fixed mortgage rate

b) increased all of its mortgage rates



2.

The increase means that someone with a three hundred thousand dollar mortgage will pay _______.

a) an additional $372 dollars per month

b) an additional $31 per month



3.

Most first-time homebuyers select _______.

a) a five year fixed-rate mortgage

b) a five year variable-rate mortgage



4.

Other banks are expected to ______________.

a) lower their mortgage rates

b) raise their mortgage rates




To find out more:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/06/07/business-royal-bank-mortgage.html

Story 3: Areas in central Europe experience flooding

Step 1: Learn new vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary before you listen makes it easier for you to understand the story. Can you match these vocabulary words with their meaning? The first one is completed for you as an example.

Vocabulary Word




Meaning

  1. e central Europe

a)

to make sure there is as little damage as possible

  1. __ flooding

b)

e.g. soldiers, firefighters, paramedics

  1. __ to be evacuated

c)

a wall or similar structure that is built to keep flood waters from overflowing onto dry land

  1. __ a barrier

d)

to be told to leave a dangerous place; to be sent to a safe place

  1. __ to protect someone /something


e)

a region which includes the countries in the centre of Europe

  1. __ emergency personnel

f)

to keep someone out of danger or something from being harmed

  1. __ to limit the damage

g)

when water overflows onto land that is normally dry

Step 2: Listen to the third story in the audio file. Focus on listening for the main ideas and key information. Listen as many times as you need to.

Step 3: Answer questions about the story. Fill in the blank with the correct word from the box below. The first one is completed for you as an example.

1. Heavy rainfall has caused rivers and _______ in Central Europe to _________.

2. Communities in several __________ have been flooded.

3. Tens of ________ of people have been __________ from their homes.

4. Water continues to rise in the Danube, Europe’s biggest __________.

5. People in Hungary are building ________ to ________ people and _______.

6. More than 80,000 ____________ personnel are working to limit the _______ from flooding.

rainfall countries evacuated overflow barriers lakes homes thousands river protect emergency damage



To find out more:

www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/06/08/europe-flooding.html

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of June 3rd


Here is our first news story.

Group holds contest to find Winnipeg’s worst living conditions

An advocacy group in Winnipeg is holding a contest to find the city’s worst housing conditions. People who are on social assistance or in assisted living housing can send in photographs of the poor conditions they live in. Examples of photographs that people can send in include appliances that don’t work, unsafe electrical systems, doors that don’t lock, and boarded-up windows. Three prizes of one hundred dollars will be awarded to the people with the worst living conditions. The contest is meant to raise public awareness of the poor housing conditions many people live in.



And in Canadian news,

Royal Bank increases mortgage rates

The Royal Bank increased its mortgage rates for five-year fixed-rate mortgages. The increase means that people with a three-hundred thousand dollar mortgage over twenty-five years will pay thirty-one dollars more per month. That works out to an extra three-hundred and seventy-two dollars a year. The five-year fixed-rate mortgage rate is the most common mortgage rate selected by first-time homebuyers. The bank is charging its customers more because it has to pay higher borrowing costs than it did in the past. Other banks are also expected to increase their rates.



And in international news,

Areas in central Europe experience flooding

Heavy rainfall has caused rivers and lakes in Central Europe to overflow. Communities in several countries have been flooded. Tens of thousands of people in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic have been evacuated from their homes. Water continues to rise in the Danube, Europe’s biggest river. People in Hungary are building barriers to try to protect people and homes. More than eighty thousand emergency personnel, including firefighters and soldiers, are working to limit the damage from flooding.

Answers for Story 1
Vocabulary: 1) c; 2) g; 3) i; 4) e; 5) j; 6) k; 7) b; 8) a; 9) h; 10) d; 11) f

Questions: 1) F; 2) F; 3) T; 4) T; 5) T


Answers for Story 2

Vocabulary: 1) f; 2) c; 3) i; 4) a; 5) g; 6) h; 7) d; 8) e; 9) b

Questions: 1) a; 2) b; 3) a; 4) b


Answers for Story 3

Vocabulary: 1) e; 2) g; 3) d; 4) c; 5) f 6) b; 7) a



Questions: 1) rainfall, lakes, overflow 2) countries 3) thousands, evacuated 4) river
5) barriers, protect, homes 6) emergency, damage






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